Product Type: Ecover Household Cleaning
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Ecover Pomegranate & Lime
Member Name: spiritwood
Ecover Pomegranate & Lime
Advantages: Slightly less toxic than most, biodegradable bottle, suitable for septic tanks.
Disadvantages: Misrepresentation, Chemical laden, animals compromised etc
Ecover are a Belgium-based company that manufacture cleaning products that are defined (by them) as being ecological sound. They are a multinational company whose products used to only be available via specialist stores or health food shops but now you can buy Ecover in many main supermarkets.
Although trading under the "green" banner, you only have to scratch below the surface to find some serious "greenwash" here.
In 2010, a Which report found that Ecover was "amongst a number of companies that made green claims not supported by convincing evidence". Their Vegan society stamp was taken away from them because they test on Daphnia and they also use rabbit blood in tests from farmed rabbits.
Ecover claims that it never uses "persistent chemicals" or optical brighteners" but this washing up liquid still contains several nasty artificial ingredients.
Ecover has also been harshly criticized for not subscribing to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection's "Humane Household Products Standard", which requires companies to commit to a "fixed cut-off date" on animal-tested ingredients.
Not looking so good now is it?
There are many washing up products available that claim to be "eco" including supermarket own brands. There are only a few that genuinely are. "Dishmate" and "Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap" are genuinely eco products if you are looking to buy, or of course you could Google and make your own. The place Ecover actually takes in the market is by being the lesser of two evils, it is better than mainstream products but is still chemical and unethical if you look into it. Much like the Body shop and Lush who trade on their "natural" credentials, Ecover have adopted a persona that is not accurate and this really annoys me.
Ecover state that this is made from "plant and mineral based ingredients". They forget to mention the Sodium Laureth Sulfate, artificial scent and preservatives....
Sodium laureth sulfate is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many products from soaps to shampoos to toothpaste etc. Used because it is an inexpensive and effective foaming agent, it behaves in a similar way to soap. SLS is sometimes made from coconut oil as an attempt to make it look like a naturally forming product. Otherwise it is derived from petroleum. SLS is classified by the EWG Cosmetics Database as a "moderate hazard."
Ecover state that their products are not tested on animals. They get away with this because Daphnia are not classed as an animal and neither is blood.....
The ingredients are listed as follows:
>30%: Water, 5-15%: anionic and non-ionic surfactants, <5%: Citric acid, parfum (type: Pomegranate and lime, contains limonene - may cause an allergic reaction), sodium chloride, preservative (0.02%): 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol.
USE AND EFFECTIVENESS:
This was given to me to try out by somebody who was taken in by the "greenwash" surrounding the brand and its practices. It comes in a 500ml opaque bottle which is totally recyclable. The liquid is clear and the scent is very chemical. The liquid seems to cope well with greasy dishes and manages to clean up dried on food after soaking. I used the same amount of this as I would a mainstream product and it performed well. It rinses off easily and luckily does not leave the dishes smelling of fake chemical pomegranate. The lime was barely present but I prefer that to having a nose-full of chemical scent.
What I did like about the liquid is that it was gentle on my hands. I hate rubber gloves and my hands get battered at home with a hobby involving tools and a coal fire causing mess and dirt. I have to wash them a lot. This product did not wreck my hands.
I used the whole bottle and even used some to wash floors with. I was happy with the performance but unhappy with the false representations of "naturalness" so I would not choose to buy it.
*It has come down in price from years ago- it costs around £1.30 for 500ml now.
*A huge bonus for rural dwellers is that it is suitable for septic tanks.
*Not AS damaging and chemical laden as mainstream washing up liquids but still not remotely natural.
* Biodegradable bottle.
* Bottle can be refilled where facilities exist (Holland and Barrett used to do this).
SUMMARY: Lots of false claims which are annoying and dishonest.
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